Welcome to the website of the Sandgate Brighton Catholic Parish. We are pleased that you have taken the time to find out a little more about our community.
Our parish boundary stretches from Brighton, through Sandgate and Shorncliffe to Deagon, however all are welcome within our community and we are blessed with parishioners from a number of neighbouring suburbs. Within our parish we give thanks and celebrate our two beautiful sister churches – Sacred Heart Church at Sandgate and Church of the Real Presence at Brighton. Both have a rich and proud history and provide us with the platform, the framework of faith to further the mission of Christ.
At Sandgate and Brighton we are blessed with two thriving catholic primary schools, Sacred Heart at Sandgate and St Kieran’s at Brighton. St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe is also located within our parish and provides education for boys from Year 5 to 12.
We are entering into the month of October, which is the Month of the Holy Rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on the Friday the 7th of October. We will be having the Rosary devotion from the 3rd of October to 7th of October. It is a suitable time for us to reflect about the mysteries of our salvation through the intercession of our Blessed Mother.
The Gospel reading on this weekend talks about two important things in Christian life: faith and service. Both are clearly present in the life of Mary. (“I am the maidservant of the Lord” – servanthood; “Be it done unto me according to thy word” – faith). During these times of battle, these are two most effective weapons that we should all have. Faith – when a man has true faith, he becomes powerful because he lets God work through him. “The most powerful man on earth is the one who kneels down and prays.” God works in the man who prays with a faith even the size of a mustard seed.
Serving the Lord – God is the Master; we are just His servants. A true servant does everything the master wants him to do. He may not understand fully the command. He just obeys God’s will, with faith, humility and docility. No doubts and complaints. Mary is the best example. Why is she powerful? Because she is always doing God’s will. Eventually God will make a way; He will make everything happen through the instrumentality of His faithful servants. We should all be thankful and happy that God has chosen us to be his servants. To be chosen as His servants is enough reward for us already. Sometimes we are discouraged by the seeming failure of our efforts and the criticisms of others. But those are all part of being God’s servants.
Let us just remain faithful servants of the Lord, truly humble in spirit and strong in faith. God will help us. He will grant us victory. With Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, Queen of Victories, we will win this spiritual warfare.
Next Anointing Mass: Saturday 1 October (No Anointing Mass in November)
Program offered on the 1st weekend of each month (not in School Holidays)
Saturday – 5.30pm Brighton Church or
Sunday – 9am Sandgate Church
Next program: 5/6 November
All children welcome!
Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
Sunday 20 November – 9am
Sacred Heart Church, Sandgate
Main celebrant: Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Mass followed by parish luncheon
Sacramental Program 2022-2024
Sacrament of 1st Holy Eucharist – Expressions of Interest forms, which were provided to Confirmation families in September 2022, are due by March 2023. Enrolment in this next part of the program will be offered to families familiar in the parish worshipping community. Families who have returned an Expression of Interest form will be invited to a personal meeting before a decision is made whether their child is ready to progress to 1st Holy Eucharist in 2023.
Mass, followed by Rosary, will be offered at 5.30pm in Sacred Heart Church each day from Monday 3 October – Friday 7 October. During this time, there will be no morning Masses in the parish. Therefore, there will be no 9.15am Mass at Brighton on Monday 3 October, no 7am Mass at Sandgate on either Tuesday 4 October or Friday 7 October.
Due to Fr Joseph’s annual leave, the parish revised Mass schedule (October/November) will begin on Tuesday 11 October. Please see the calendar on the parish website or church door poster for full revised schedule.
Revised Mass Schedule - October/November 2022
Revised Mass Schedule – October/November
Beginning on Tuesday, 11 October, the current Mass schedule will be amended to reflect changes to weekday Masses. During the period of 11 October – 16 November, there will be no Saturday morning Mass at Brighton and no Tuesday or Friday morning Mass at Sandgate. Saturday morning Reconciliation has also been suspended during this time. For a full outline of Masses, please see the calendar on the parish website, the posters on the church noticeboards or contact the Parish Office. We appreciate your consideration during this time.
Ministries at our Parish
We have a range of ministries at our Parish and we are always looking for volunteers to join us.